The Life and Times- August-2013

August, 2013

“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.”
—2 Thessalonians 3:1

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Beginning August 4th and running through the end of November, we will be studying the fourth book of Psalms in worship (Psalms 90-106).  The Psalms are considered a great many things—they are poems, songs, doctrinal statements and history lessons.  Above all, however, the Psalms are prayers.  One of the most frequent questions I get as a pastor is, “How do I pray?”  The Psalms are the prayer book of the Bible and a great place to begin to answer that question.

Prayer is a vital part of any Christian’s life.  When coupled with the study of God’s Word, it forms the backbone of discipleship and devotion.  When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are given access to the God and Creator of the universe—the one who called all things into being out of nothing and continues to uphold and direct the creation to His glory.

When the Apostle Paul requests prayer from the Thessalonian church he recognizes the power this prayer has.  When he requests prayer, he expects that those prayers will be heard and that God will move according to His holy will.  One thing that the Apostle knows is God’s will is the proclamation of the Gospel.  When we pray with the Church that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored amongst the people of our valley here, we can trust that this is a prayer the Lord hears and honors.

As we go forward as the Community Presbyterian Church of Omak, let us remember that our prayers are heard by God when we pray in the name of Jesus.  Perhaps we ought to pray in the same way that the Apostle requested the Thessalonians to pray.  We ought to pray that the Gospel is proclaimed everywhere in our valley and that men, women and children come to faith in Jesus and give their lives to his service.

Of course one of the dangers of prayers is that sometimes when we pray for the spread of the Gospel, the Holy Spirit taps you on the shoulder to call you to be one of those proclaimers of the Good News.  Should you hear the Holy Spirit call, thank the Lord that you are part of the mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ for God’s glory through the building of Christ’s Church.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Pastor Bill

Is it August already, uggghhh, where does the time go?!?!?  Well, though the summer has flown by it has been a wonderful summer for the youth of our church.  A summer filled with lots of activities both with the church and in the community.  Our high school and middle school youth group kids have been busy, busy, busy.  In the church we have had VBS, trips to the waterslides, movie nights, evening at Crawfish Lake, our annual high school backpack trip, a middle school lock-in, camping at Tall Timber, an in depth study of Philippians and more.  In the community our youth group kids have been participating in swim team, running club, open gym for volleyball and basketball, football camps, working as lifeguards, working as janitors for the school district, tennis tournaments, bike trips, fishing trips, Conconully swim trips, and day hikes with family and friends.  Summer is a great time to get outdoors, a great time for adventure, a great time to have fun and explore with friends and family and our youth group kids have been doing all of that and more. 

High school and middle school youth groups:  Both youth groups have been going through an in-depth study of Philippians this summer.  It has been challenging for us all as we have studied Paul’s letter which instructs us on what it means to be imitators of Christ.  In both groups we spent a couple of weeks in Chapter two alone where Paul instructs us to be like Christ who being in very nature God, yet did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.  Paul uses this passage and more to remind us about what it means to be like Christ who sacrificed so much in his humility and service for us all.   Just last week in both groups we moved into chapter 3 where Paul instructs us to focus on rejoicing in the Lord, and we talked about having a foundation of joy that springs from an understanding of who Jesus was/is and what he did for us on the cross and through his resurrection. 

Vacation Bible School:  I want to give a big thanks to all our adult, high school, and middle school volunteers that helped make this summer’s VBS a success.  We had a craft station a snack and movie station a recreation station and a bible study/lesson station.  It seemed like the campers really enjoyed themselves as group leaders lead groups from one station to the next throughout the week.  This summer’s theme focused on God’s love through the Old Testament story of Moses and his deliverance of God’s people from slavery. 

High School Backpack trip:  This summer we headed into the Sawtooth Wilderness, North of Lake Chelan for our five day trip.  Be sure to tune in next month for a complete summarization of the week long hike.

Looking ahead to fall:  The start of another school year is only a month away.  That means it’s time to put the finishing touches on our Sunday school preparation for the new school year.  We have a great curriculum all prepared, we just need a couple more teachers.  Please prayerfully consider if this is something God is calling you to do this fall. 

Women’s Retreat at Hidden Hills Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. Erin Dienst will be speaking on evangelism. $110 fee includes overnight lodging and meals. You can attend the Saturday sessions for $60 without staying overnight. Checks are payable to “Hidden Hills” and forms are available through the church office. We need a final count by Thursday, August 15th after which there will be no refunds. There are scholarships available.

Special Event Announcement - Eric Metaxas, the voice of “Breakpoint” heard on Moody Radio and the author of “Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” will be speaking in Wenatchee on Monday, October 7 at 7:00 pm at the Wenatchee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at This event is in celebration of 30 years of ministry for Life Choices in the Wenatchee Valley. Life Choices provides life-affirming reproductive health and family services.

Community Clothing Outreach on Saturday, August 24th from 9 am-12 noon at Eagle Home Mortgage, 715 Okoma Drive.  There will be free clothing and school supplies for those who need them. Donations for the outreach may be dropped off at Eagle Home Mortgage, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. New and used clothing from sizes 5T through 18 years old are needed. Call Angel Ross (322-2344) or Mike Thornton (429-3500) for more information.

Christians-In Action are looking for volunteers to help with the Stampede Outreach. They especially need help with tear-down on Sunday, August 11th from 2pm to 4pm.There are many other needs which include everything from staffing literature tables to supplying snacks. Call 422-4660 for more information.

Calling all ringers! and wannabees. – Have you ever said, “I wanna be a ringer in the Bell Choir at the Community Presbyterian Church in Omak?” Well, perhaps you didn’t say that, but you may have thought about it. The choir practices mid-September through May. Members from past years are expected to return, and they will be very gracious in showing you what it means to be a ringer. We have taught many people. It helps, but is not absolutely necessary, that you read music, enjoy music and want to serve God through music. We hope to see the joyous faces of returning ringers and some new faces as well. Please call the church office at 826-1290, if you are interested in learning more. Get into the swing of church activities this fall by swinging a handbell!

9:30 am, Sunday School
9:30 am, Worship
7:00 pm, High School Youth Group

9:00 – 10:00 am, Staff Meeting

7:30 pm, Middle School Youth Group

First Sunday of the Month

Second Sunday of the Month
Apple Springs, 2:30 pm

Third Sunday of the Month
Manfisher Meal Served, 1:30 pm

Second Tuesday
Session Meeting, 7:00 pm

Care Net
Manfisher Ministries
Christians in Action
Jail Ministry
Mission Aviation Fellowship
The Father’s Ranch
Erik Brucker – Young Life
Erin Dienst – CRU, UW
Scott and Terri Sasaki (New Guinea) - New Tribes Ministry
Will and Cindy Kraske - North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM)

Please call the church office during church office hours for prayer chain requests 826-1290,
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am - noon; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. If after office hours call:
Evelyn Minnich 826-1177 or Mary Lou Brantner 826-1617.

Ethlyn Apple (Apple Springs)
Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)
Ken Cunningham (Riverside)
Del Mundinger (Apple Springs)
Verna Hitchcock (Apple Springs)